I always seem to mess up calling the Sabres (Sabers?) the wrong name, so screw it, I’ll just call them Buffalo. So, after spending a nice bit of time complementing John Mitchell, he goes and has himself a disaster of a game, essentially scoring both of Buffalos first 2 goals for them by himself. First he kicks a puck in, a really pretty kick mind you, and then he has just a horrendous turnover leading to Buffalo scoring their second goal. 2 shifts, 2 goals scored, both thanks to Mitchell…for the other team.
The Rangers just didn’t play a good game tonight, and when they had their chances, they just couldn’t bury their shots. Give credit to Buffalo for playing such a good defensive game, and give credit for Ryan Miller who made some great saves, got a bit of luck, and some great play by the players around him. The Rangers gave no such help to Henrik Lundqvist, making turnover after turnover, giving pucks away time and time again. It was just an all around clusterfrak.
Unluckily for the Rangers Mats Zucarello-Aasen probably saw his season end tonight by fracturing his wrist on a good shotblock. The kid has been very good in his time here so far this season, but wrist fractures tend to take a while to feel right, and you have to figure the Rangers will be looking long and hard at Chris Kreider should he become available to play in this lineup.
Shame, the kid was showing us something.
Luckily we have a quick turnaround, right back at it tomorrow!